hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown body with a thin white head. Light aroma with some nutty and fruity notes. Not too bad. The palate is quite light for an IPA, but the beer is pretty smooth. The flavor is less like an IPA than a brown ale. Fairly smooth and semi-sweet start fades to a bitter, cloying finish. Not a bad beer, but Iíve had much better.
DrnkMcDermott (2911) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was sent some of this by Newcastleís USA PR firm, along with some schwag to give away in my blogs. So yes, my partiality may be somewhat compromised. First, i see that despite the Newcastle name, itís not brewed at the same place as Newcastle currently is done, but in Scotland. That might account for the more Scots style, almost peaty malt taste. So. From a bottle, it kicks up a nice big brownish head over an amber to brown body. Smell is just a little amped in spicy English hops, but again, a slight peaty note of northern brown malt. Taste is interesting and somewhat complex. Light carbonation mouthfeel, still has brown malt as it major taste component. A bit of smokiness. Hops are a bit earthy, a flash or two of mint, and some sweet orange. A slight edge of sourness, like some staled beer was blended in, Guinness style. So, despite the naming, itís more malty than we expect from IPAs, especially we who are used to American hop bombs. But a distinctive, slightly different statement of UK beers.
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap; poured a clear, orange-amber color with a off white, large head. Aroma of caramel, zest, fruit, grapes, and vanilla. Not much of an IPA by American standards. Alot of grapy and caramel notes, but really lack much of a hoppy punch. Quite bready. Bland.
morrdt (715) - Dirty Moí, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Harris Teeter, picked up as a six pack. Pours a copper color with an off white head. Aroma is malty with floral hops. Flavor is also malt and floral hops. The beer is medium to full bodied, but not too overpowering with the alcohol. A decent beer, but not the best IPA I have ever tried.
J_man (796) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light roasty aroma with a slightly pungent scent I canít place. Really pretty crystal clear light/medium copper color with a white head. Light toasted bread and hay tastes with a very light sourness in the back. Nicely balanced earthy hop bitterness with a slight pine taste. Lightly creamy texture. Finishes dry and clean. Decent English style IPA.
BucannonXC5 (1105) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was light caramel. Probably an inch of head. Caramel-colored lacing with some bubbles on the top. Some frosty film on the sides that stayed throughout.
Smelled caramel malts first. Also some toffee, light coffee and light chocolate in there as well.
Caramel malts up front in the initial taste, followed by a smooth toffee taste. Toasty or roasty finish.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
A decent beer. It started out very good with the sight and smell, but the rest wasnít as good. I would try this again though.
Cybercat (4083) - Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber with a nice fine-bubbled pale tan head. Aroma is hoppy, a little malty and a little spicy. Hoppy, spicy flavor makes it taste somewhat like an IPA mixed with a winter warmer - distinctive and interesting. Texture is firm-bodied, edgy and fizzy, leaving a nice, if not persistent, tingle. Look for it.
adnielsen (10137) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2011
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle @ home. Clear, burnt orange appearance with a white head that disappears in no time. Medicinal, herbal hoppy, horrible aroma. Toasty malty, herbal hoppy, horrible macro flavor. One of the worst beers Iíve ever had and definitely the worst IPA Iíve ever had.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 Pours a medium copper with a white short lived head. Aroma is dominated by soapy hops with a slight malt note with a funky fruitiness. Flavor is somewhat complex with a hoppiness up front giving way to a malty finish. Not "brilliant" but ok.
thetmaxx (810) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into my new castle glass on my new castle bar mat. I really wondered what the Brits idea of an IPA would be, and now I see itís not quite my idea. Aroma is malty, and earthy hops. Flavor was better, I taste spicy hops. Palate is thick and finishes watery. Overall not my idea of ipa, and by the ratings people agree, but it is drinkable as a amber. I used one to marinade some steaks, hopefully that proves good use for this beer.